Pangilinan files bill removing political turncoats from office

Pangilinan files bill removing political turncoats from office

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first_img * Make campaign finance more transparent “If political parties are state-funded, the public can demand accountability and transparency from parties and candidates,” Pangilinan said. Aside from providing state subsidies to political parties, the pending proposal also intends on pushing for the following reforms on the political party system: * Prohibitpolitical turncoatism MANILA – OppositionSen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan recently filed a bill seeking to disqualifypolitical turncoats from office to institutionalize and strengthen thecountry’s political parties as pillars of a democratic system. * Strengthen citizen-parties linkages Francis Pangilinan. KIKOPANGILINAN.COM “If we are to encourage a bigger part of the electorate to be critical thinkers and have informed positions on issues that affect the country, we need to establish a credible political party system where people who have the same ideologies and advocacies can work toward the promotion of said beliefs,” said Pangilinan. He added: “Political turncoatism shall be a ground for the disqualification of candidates, while parties accepting turncoats shall be disqualified from receiving the state subsidy. Moreover, party-members shall be required to uphold the values and ethical standards on their public lives.” Pangilinan filed Senate Bill 421 or the Political Party System Act, which aims to create a state subsidy fund for political parties to enable them to build meaningful political identities, policy-based platforms and agenda, and internal democratic structures. Pangilinan reiterated that unless there is a clear ideological line that separates our political parties from one another and politicians are free to jump ship from one party to another out of convenience, we will be stuck in the brand of politics that is plaguing our country today./PNlast_img read more

MYSTERY ILLNESS: DOH orders airport screening of travelers

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first_imgThe region’s international airportsare all in Panay Island – the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo; the KaliboInternational Airport and Boracay Airport both in Aklan. “They are already doing controlmeasures. They are on heightened alert checking our travelers,” she said. It is important for people to maintaina healthy lifestyle, practice proper hygiene and keep the environment clean,said Juanico. ThePhilippines is deemed vulnerable to the spread of the mystery virus because ithas been receiving heavy Chinese labor traffic since an online gambling boom in2018. Domingo clarified that flu shotscould only help prevent infection and severe outcomes caused by influenzaviruses, and not the mysterious new illness. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN) DOH Region 6’s other task, saidJuanico, is to strengthen the public awareness campaign on this illness – anunidentified form of viral pneumonia – that has so far downed at least 50people in China. What is so far clear is that peoplewith this illness experience symptoms like high fever and shortness of breath.In some cases there’s cough, runny nose, body pain, and headache. The Bureau of Quarantine has personnelin the airports and even seaports, said Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, head of DOHRegion 6’s infectious disease section. “Observe cough etiquette to preventthe transmission of respiratory infections,” Duque added. TIGHT SCREENING. As two alert airport security personnel watch, newly-arrived airline passengers pick up their baggage from conveyors after undergoing x-ray inspection at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNcenter_img He also stressed the importance offrequent hand-washing and the wearing of masks in crowded places, among others. “We still do not know how this can betransmitted, and even the possible host,” she said. For his part, DOH undersecretary EricDomingo said, “We’re really just being very, very careful right now in thePhilippines. That’s why we put our Bureau of Quarantine on alert. All of ourports of entry have our quarantine officers.” While the mystery illness is “verysimilar to any kind of flu”, Domingo said “this one there is clustering” inChina’s Wuhan city in the central Hubei province. All the people who had it,when they were tested, did not test positive for any regular kind of flu virus.So this is something new.” ILOILO – Wary of the possible entry ofa mystery virus from China causing a respiratory illness with pneumonia-likesymptoms, the Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the tight screening oftravelers entering through Western Visayas’ international airports. In a statement, DOH secretaryFrancisco Duque III urged travelers – especially those from China –experiencing flu-like symptoms to get screened immediately. The infectionin China broke out between Dec. 12 and 29, 2019. Authorities in China have ruled outSARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome that killed 700 people worldwide in2002 and 2003.last_img read more

De Lima denies hand in case vs Duterte before Ombudsman

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first_img“I don’t know what Jude Sabio hopes toachieve with his supposed ‘revelation’, but everybody already knows I was theone who presented Matobato to testify before the Senate Justice and HumanRights Committee,” De Lima said. Matobato, an alleged member of theso-called Davao Death Squad, with retired Davao City cop Arturo Lascañas, whopreviously testified that the death squad was responsible for several Davaokillings./PN In a press statement over the weekend,the detained senator said that she only encouraged and helped Matobato,contrary to the allegations against her by lawyer Jude Sabio. Sen. Leila de Lima “Jude Sabio says I was behind the casefiled by Edgar Matobato with the Ombudsman against Duterte. ‘behind’ is such aloaded term. It implies that the charges filed were fabricated,” De Limasaid. De Lima further said that there was“nothing illegal or wrong” with helping Matobato in filing thecharges. MANILA – Sen.  Leila de Lima deniedthe allegations that she was behind the case filed by self-confessed hitmanEdgard Matobato against President Rodrigo Duterte before the Office of theOmbudsman. “Alammo naman na kahit pagbabaligtarin pa ang testimonya ni Matobato, pinaninindigan nya na ang kanyang mga sinabiay pawang katotohanan lamang. Ikaw lang naman ang may problema sa paninindigan,hindi si Matobato, hindi ako,”she added. “No, Mr. Sabio. I was not ‘behind’the filing of the Ombudsman charges. I encouraged and helped Matobato file thecharges because he is the person who witnessed the murders he and others withhim committed on Duterte’s orders,” she added.last_img read more

China’s ambassador to Israel found dead

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first_imgHe did not comment on the cause of death of ambassador Du Wei, who was 57 years old and became ambassador to Israel in February, according to the embassy’s website. “As part of the regular procedure, police units are at the scene,” the spokesman said. Israel’s Channel 12 TV, quoting unidentified emergency medical officials, said initial indications were that Du died in his sleep of natural causes. (Reuters) JERUSALEM – China’s ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home in a Tel Aviv suburb on Sunday, an Israeli police spokesman said. Du Wei speaks during a news briefing in Kiev, Ukraine August 30, 2019. REUTERS/VALENTYN OGIRENKO/FILE PHOTOlast_img read more

Isabela’s No. 9 most wanted person falls

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first_imgThe suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Isabela municipal police station. The 35-year-old Mark Anthony Pader was caught in Barangay Cabcab, Isabela for the crime of homicide. Pader – resident of the village – was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant around 8 a.m. on July 20. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Mila Yap-Camiso of the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental dated July 3, 2020.center_img BACOLOD City – He was listed as the No.9 most wanted person in the police station of Isabela, Negros Occidental. The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

Graver Replaces Helms As Chancellor

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first_imgGraver has been tabbed as Interim Chancellor for Ivy Tech Southeast. (Image: Ivy Tech)Mark Graver, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs since 2003, has been named Interim Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Southeast. Ivy Tech Southeast includes the Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison campuses.Graver was named Interim Chancellor to replace James Helms, who retired as Chancellor of Ivy Tech Southeast on Wednesday. Helms will continue to be active with the college, holding the title Chancellor Emeritus, and will become a member of the Ivy Tech Community College State Foundation Board. Helms will also be involved in Special Initiatives for the President’s office.As Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Graver has overseen classroom instruction, enrollment management, academic student advising, recruiting of faculty, supervision to all faculty and instructional staff, and monitoring of academic department budgets at both the Lawrenceburg and Batesville campuses.Graver joined Ivy Tech in 1992 as a computer information systems faculty member at the Madison Campus. He transferred to the Batesville Campus in 2000, assuming the responsibilities of Program Chair for the Business and Computer Information Systems programs. As Program Chair he hired Business, Accounting and Computer adjunct faculty, maintained the local area network and campus computer labs, and was involved in student college-ready skills testing. In 2003 he was recipient of the Southeast Region’s President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction.A 15-year member of the American Technical Education Association, in 1998 he was recognized as the Outstanding Technical Teacher of the organization’s Great Lakes Region.Graver serves on Ivy Tech’s statewide Regional Academic Officers’ Committee, Safety and Security Committee, Green Team Committee, and on a strategy subcommittee of the College’s Accelerating Greatness 2013 strategic plan. He represents Ivy Tech Southeast as a member of the Region 9 Adult Education Consortium and is a member of the Dearborn County EcO15 Advisory Task Force. Past assignments include appointment to an Engagement and Service Committee in preparation for a 2009 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit to the Southeast Region.Currently Graver is a board member of the Dearborn County Foundation, having served as a chairperson and as vice-president and president. He is a member of the Dearborn County Community Mental Health Center Board, of the Lawrenceburg Main Street Program, having served as vice president and as president, and is a member of the Lawrenceburg Kiwanis Club.Graver, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and a Master’s in Administration from Central Michigan University, instructed as an adjunct faculty member for Northwood University, teaching Statistical Techniques in Business and Management Information Systems classes. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Indiana University/Purdue University, instructing Computer Fundamentals and Introductory Software Applications.Graver is an eight-year veteran of the United States Air Force, earning the rank of Captain while serving as a Navigator, Radar Navigator, and Offensive Systems Officer on B-52 and B-1B Bombers. He logged over 1,500 hours of flight time with active duty assignments in California, Texas, North Dakota, and the South Pacific Island of Guam. He is a member of Northcutt-Laaker Post 292 of the American Legion in Dillsboro.last_img read more

East Central Swim Team Summer Swim Lessons

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first_imgThe East Central High School Swimming Team will be  having their swimming lesson program for kids 4 and up.Registration days will be on Tuesday (4-22) and Thursday (4-24) from 5-7 PM at The East Central High School Pool Entrance Door #18.Lessons will be $65 per child.  $60 for those who sign up for the Session 1.  Please register quickly.  A cap of lessons to the first 30 children.  Checks may be made payable to East Central Swim Team or ECST.  You may also register by e-mail to bsloveless@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us.East Central Swim Team Summer Swimming LessonsSubmitted by East Central Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Police, Fire On Scene Of Crash In Sunman

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first_imgSUNMAN – Emergency crews are on the scene of a vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Deufol in Sunman.Sunman Fire & Rescue were paged out approximately 2:14 p.m. At least two ambulance crews are en route to the scene.No word on the identity or injuries of those involved in the crash.WRBI will continue tracking this developing story.last_img

U.S. confirms Indiana native Kassig slain by ISIL

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first_imgAbdul Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, was taken captive by ISIL in October 2013.INDIANAPOLIS – The death of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, was confirmed by U.S. officials Sunday.A video released by Islamic State militants surfaced showing the beheading of the Indiana native.The 26-year-old was an Army veteran who returned to the Middle East to provide aid to Syrian refugees.Kassig was taken captive in October 2013.His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, said in a statement Sunday, “The family respectfully asks that the news media avoid playing into the hostage takers’ hands and refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers.”“We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause.”President Barack Obama offered condolences to the family calling the actions by the terrorist group “pure evil.”last_img read more

Batesville Area CYO Deanery Tourney Results

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first_imgSt. Louis-1 advanced to the semi-finals of the Batesville Deanery tournament with a hard fought win over St. Maurice 55-51.The lead changed hands several times in the first half and St. Louis-1 led 34-27. We played well as a team in the first half but give St. Maurice credit they kept playing hard. The third quarter saw St. Maurice get a little momentum as the outscored St. Louis-1 17-8 and lead 44-42 headed into the fourth quarter.We didn’t play our game in the third quarter which allowed St. Maurice to take the lead. The fourth quarter would be a repeat of the first 3 as the lead would change hands several times. In the final minutes St. Louis-1 would take the lead and hit their free throws to hold on for the win. This was good team we beat today. I am proud of the way we kept playing hard. This was a total team effort and win.STL Scoring. Anthony Butz 23, Alex Roell 14, Zach Prickel 9, Cooper Williams 5, Caleb Moster 2, Nick Tekulve 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 defeated St. Mary-2 53-50 to advance to the semi-finals of the deanery tournament. In the first half both teams struggled offensively as St. Mary’s lead 14-12 at half.The third quarter saw both teams office pick up and St. Louis-2 trailed 36-35 going into the final quarter. St. Louis-2 was able to finally get the lead late in the fourth quarter and was able to hold.On to secure the win. This was a tough game but we found a way to pull out the win.STL Scoring.  Gus Cooper 17, George Ritter 12, Nathan Eckstein 10, Lane Oesterling 8, Brayden Worthington 3, Mitchell Ertel 3, Bret Wrobleski 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.2017 Batesville Area CYO Deanery TourneyOther CYO Tourney Scores.St. Michael’s-1  71     Holy Family  61St. Michael’s-2  38     All Saints  36last_img read more